‘It’s going to make a huge difference’: Hanceville Softball celebrates new additions to Rayford Talley Athletic Training Center

Members of the Hanceville High School Softball team are joined by Hanceville City Councilor Jimmie Nuss (left) and Jerry Talley (right) at the Rayford Talley Athletic Training Facility Wednesday. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Hanceville High School Softball hosted an open house to celebrate and show off its new additions to the Rayford Talley Athletic Training Facility Wednesday afternoon. Two indoor nets, a new pitching machine and additions to the field turf have been installed at the indoor training facility and the Bulldogs are excited to get to work with the new upgrades. Assistant coach Roxi Lee is excited to take advantage of the new facility, especially during the rainy spring season. It’s location just behind the Hanceville Civic Center will also allow the Bulldogs to include it in gameday preparations as well.

“This facility offers us the ability to practice inside if it’s raining or if the weather isn’t cooperating in the springtime and still have a good, functional practice,” Lee said. “Not only that, but we’re also able to come over here before ballgames and get a round of hitting in and our pitchers are able to warm up inside. We’re going to be able to use this facility as an intricate part of our program so I’m thankful for the City of Hanceville’s council and mayor for allowing us to use the facility and I know it’s going to help build our program.

Bulldogs Head Coach Wayne Davidson believes the added practice time in the facility will help develop the program’s players even further and give them a chance to be more competitive statewide.

“I did a little research on the last several state champions in each classification and every single one of them had an indoor facility, so I think that says it all right there as far as how important it is,” Davidson said. “It’s close enough to the school where we can do our prep work here and get ready before games and when we’re playing an away game, we can come over here first to warm up. Not only can we hit, our pitchers can do their warmups here too so it’s going to make a huge difference. It also becomes kind of a home, even more so than the field. We’re still furnishing it, but this has already become our home.”

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